Disney D23 Magazine Review – Lotsa Details, Some Photos

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Disney twenty-three Spring 2009 Premiere Issue Cover
Disney twenty-three Spring 2009 Premiere Issue Cover

Thanks to a tip from a Distant Creations reader, I was able to get my hands on a copy (or two, actually) of Disney twenty-three magazine, the companion guide to the new Disney 23 Official Community for Disney Fans, or the ‘Disney affinity club,’ as CEO Bob Iger recently referred to it.

First Impressions: First of all, I hesitate to call this a magazine. It’s not at all what might first come to one’s mind at the thought. No, this is actually more of a timely coffee table book. With 62 pages of content, this quarterly periodical packs in plenty of full color photos (when available) laid out in a very contemporary fashion accompanied by some well detailed articles. Quite arty. The pages are binded with glue, not staples and the pages are of a thicker stock than traditional magazines. The cover, which features an embossed title, might as well be hardcover. Priced at $15.95, it’s a modest investment. And I almost forgot to mention, it comes complete in a plastic, resealable protective pouch.

So what exactly is D23 aside from the tagline? According to the inside cover, D23 (referred to throughout the issue as Disney twenty-three) ‘celebrates the adventure Walt embarked upon and the amazing legacy that lives on in the work of Disney storytellers, animators, film-makers, Imagineers and Cast Members around the world.’ Continue reading…

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D23 News: Magazine Details and D23 Expo

UPDATE: You can read a full review of the magazine and see some photos here.

Thanks to Distant Creation / Inside the Magic’s Ricky and and one of his readers, we now have some amazing additional details on D23′s new magazine and the dates of the first expo to take place in Anaheim in September (d23expo.com was one of the domain names registered to Disney and currently forwards to http://d23.disney.go.com which currently serves up a blank page). For all the details, read the article here.

In related news, he also covers some of the D23 trademark applications here.

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Details on ABC Daytime Meet & Greet March 10 Revealed

In celebration of the “5th Annual ABC and SOAPnet Salutes Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS” benefit, the producers are proud to announce a second day for fans of “All My Children,” “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital” to meet and greet and get signed autographs from some of their favorite ABC Daytime stars. Continue reading…

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Disney Conservation Provides Emergency Funding to 2 Organizations

Disneys Animal Programs Joseph Christman with one of the orphaned chimpanzees in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) (c) Disney

Disney's Joseph Christman with orphaned chimpanzee in the Democratic Republic of Congo (c) Disney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., March 4, 2009 –The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) is proud to provide a total of $8,000 in emergency funding to two organizations, the Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance (PASA) and Save the Elephants (STE). Continue reading…

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Is Epcot’s Test Track Running on Empty?

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that with a sponsorship contract set to expire this year with GM, the auto maker (who reportedly pays Disney around $5million annually for the privilege) is in no financial position to go another lap with the attraction. Talks are in the works but the economic gloom is suggesting that Disney should start talking to Lexus on how to make Test Track drive itself. Full article here.

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Disney Shows You How to Shop Like a Celebrity

Connecticut-based Fanzter announced yesterday that it had reached an agreement with Disney’s venture capital group Steamboat Ventures to invest $2million into Fanzter’s Coolspotters, a site devoted to directing visitors to the clothing and gadgets used by their favorite celebs. SVC managing director Dan Beldy joins the Fanzter board.

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Bob Iger on Movies, Piracy, American Idol, the Economy and.. D23!? (Audio Included)

Speaking from the Deutsche Bank Media and Telecom Conference on March 3, Disney President and CEO Robert Iger had a lot to say during a Q&A session on the current state of the company and its potential future. Continue reading…

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Sanaa Shows Off Some of Its Works of Art – Photos of New Menu Items (UPDATED)

Disney has just released these photographs of nine delights that will be served at Sanaa, the table service restaurant at Animal Kingdom Lodge’s DVC resort, Kidani Village.

Mustard seed-crusted scallops with a coconut cream sauce. (c) Disney

Mustard seed-crusted scallops with a coconut cream sauce. (c) Disney

See the rest after the jump Continue reading…

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High School Musical 4 Set to Debut on Disney Channel in 2010

East meets West in a classic love triangle set against the cross-town school rivalry between the East High Wildcats and West High Knights, in “High School Musical 4,” the fourth story in the celebrated franchise that became a cultural sensation, fueled unprecedented digital music downloads and underscored the strength of Disney Channel and Radio Disney’s connection to kids, tweens and families. Continue reading…

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